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Digestion Relief for Symptoms of Too Much Fiber

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Fiber is the part of plant foods that the body can’t fully digest or absorb. Instead, it helps move food through your digestive system. On average, most Americans only consume around 16 grams of fiber per day, which is about 10 grams less than the minimum recommended intake for most people.1

While not common, it’s possible to eat too much fiber, especially for people who eat plant-based diets such as vegetarian, vegan, or raw foods diets. You can also experience discomfort from eating too much fiber if you eat a lot more in a day than you normally do.

Keep reading to learn more about the signs, effects, and treatment for too much fiber. Plus, learn how fiber affects digestion and which foods are high in fiber.

Signs of Too Much Fiber

If you’ve had too much fiber or increased your fiber intake too quickly, you may notice some uncomfortable side effects like:1

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Feeling too full
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Upset stomach
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Dehydration

In rare cases, bowel obstruction or blockage may occur.

Contact your healthcare provider or seek medical attention right away if you’re experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Inability to pass gas or bowel movements
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Extreme bloating
  • Severe abdominal pain

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